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Premises Liability Attorneys
Property owners and managers in Georgia have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition for the safety of others who come on to their property. This responsibility exists whether the visitor is a customer, social guest, employee, delivery or sales person, or in some cases, a trespasser.
An individual who is injured because of a property owner’s negligent or malicious conduct can be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and other legal damages. Unfortunately, recovering compensation in these cases is not always an easy or straightforward matter. In fact, dangerous property cases are often some of the most difficult cases to prove.
That’s why you need an experienced Premises Liability Trial Attorney who will discuss your situation in and get you get the compensation you deserve.
Steps to Take After a Slip,
Trip, and Fall Accident
What you do after a slip and fall can impact your ability to get a fair recovery for your losses. Understanding what to do after a slip and fall can help you take measures to protect yourself and your ability to recover. Here’s what you should do:
Your health—or the health of a loved one—should be your number-one priority following a slip, trip, and fall accident. If you’ve been hurt, it’s important to see a doctor so that your injuries can be properly documented. Those medical records will be important pieces of evidence should you decide to seek compensation for your injuries.
No matter where the slip, trip, and fall accident happens—in a store, on a sidewalk, or at a friend’s house—make sure you report it to a manager, owner or landlord. Remember to get the details of the incident in writing—ask the manager, owner or landlord to make a written report, and request a copy before you leave.
It’s important to collect the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses for all potential witnesses. Their statements could help prove your claim if you decide to pursue a legal claim. Also, remember to take pictures of the EXACT location where you fell and make sure to photograph any stairs, icy patches, or other conditions that contributed to your accident. Jot down what you were doing right before the accident, the way you fell, and any other details, including the exact time and date. Also: Place the shoes and clothing you were wearing during the accident in a safe storage place. They may be relevant pieces of evidence later.
Remain calm and limit your communication with the property owner or manager. Do not post any details related to your accident on social media. Decline to give a statement to an insurance company until you’ve spoken to an attorney. Do not place blame—and don’t take any.
When considering legal action, the best person on your side is an experienced attorney. Since many slip, trip, and fall cases are complex and difficult to prove, you are best served by the resources of a successful law firm. We have the experience, knowledge, and track record of success to recover the money you deserve.
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Why McDonald & Cody?
The philosophy at McDonald & Cody, LLC is to provide maximum results, one client at a time. We are dedicated to our cases and strive for quick, full and maximum compensation.
Answers to the most frequently asked questions about Slip and Fall Accidents
If another person or entity’s negligence caused your injuries, they are responsible for your compensation. Liable parties in a slip and fall injury case include:
- Property owners, tenants, and managers
- City entities (for public areas)
- Companies that lease their building locations
- Builders or construction workers
- Service providers (such as janitorial services or repair companies)
However, in most situations, the liable party’s insurance company will be responsible for making your settlement.
In the best-case scenario, the insurance company will accept your claim. However, insurance companies are notorious for trying to pay out as little as possible. Therefore, they may reject your claim and offer a lower amount instead. Your slip and fall lawyer will negotiate with the insurer and provide more evidence to support your original amount.
Since there can be many types of slip and fall cases, it’s impossible to list one average amount. However, premises liability accidents cause some of Georgia’s most frequent injuries( and wrongful deaths). Therefore, if your injuries are significant, your settlement should reflect that.
To determine the worth of your compensation, you must first evaluate your damages.
- Medical Costs
- Pain & Suffering
- Loss of Imcome
To receive compensation after a slip and fall accident, you need to build a strong claim. Accident victims must prove:
- Liability: The property owner or manager had a duty of care to keep the premises safe.
- Negligence: The property owner or manager failed to keep the area safe.
- Cause: The property owner or manager’s negligence resulted in your injuries.
- Damages: You suffered economic and non-economic injuries following your accident.
Insurance companies will try to deny slip and fall claims or offer a lower settlement than what you deserve.
Damages from a Slip & Fall Accident
If someone else’s negligence caused your accident, you could potentially receive a number of economic and non-economic damages.
Depending on your injuries and the circumstances of your accident, you can potentially recover the following types of economic compensation:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses related to the accident
- Rehabilitative therapies
- Lost wages and future lost wages
- Medical devices such as a walker or a wheelchair
- Prescription or over-the-counter drugs
- Transportation costs
- The costs of hiring a home help
- Out-of-pocket costs